Coca Cola Feile na nGael Division 1 Hurling Final
TURLOUGHMORE (Galway)...........0-12 Na Piarsaigh (Cork)..........1-4
By Michael O Connor.
In one of the most devastating displays of first time hurling, taking scores and making the most of their chances the famed black and white hooped hurlers of Turloughmore proved too strong for a strongly fancied Na Piarsaigh in Cusack park yesterday. In winning this Turloughmore became only the second Galway club after Loughrea to lift the Christy Ring and Sean Linnane became the first of the famed clan to lift an All Ireland trophy as captain. In searing heat the class of Conor O Shaughnessy, Richard Doyle, Jamie Holland and team captain Sean Linnane, nephew of Galway legend Sylvie shone through to leave Turloughmore comfortable leaders at the interval on a (0-6) to (0-2) scoreline. Jonathan Woods opened the scoring for Na Piarsaigh with Richard Doyle responding for the Galway champions after 10 minutes. At this interval exchanges were equal on the field but soon this changed as Turloughmore changed gears and dominated the final ten minutes of the first half. Sean Linnane with scores in the 10th, 11th and 13th minutes allied to successful efforts from Richard Doyle surged their club five clear. The final score of the first half fell to Na Piarsaigh’s Dayne Lee to give them hope as they trailed (0-6) to (0-2) at the break but guilty of a number of poor wides when chances went abegging. Na Piarsaigh required goals in the second half but to their dismay Turloughmore blitzed their opponents in the first five minutes of the new half with further scores from Richard Doyle, Sean Linnane, Cathal Whelan and the magnificent Conor Shaughnessy who starred at left half back. Padraig Guest responded for Na Piarsaigh with (1-1) in four minutes to reduce the deficit to a goal . Doyle once again and Jamie Holland from a free extended the Galway’s sides lead and all that Na Piarsaigh could muster in the final moments bar a few flashing efforts across the bows of Turloughmore was a point from Eric O Shea. Turloughmore attacked in the final moments but never really needed another score as their defence led by Keith Herwood, Ultan Hurney and the afore mentioned were scrooge like in their defence as Na Piarsaigh had to be content with runners up spot. Best for the winners were Sean Loftus, Keith Herwood, Ultan Hurney, Conor Shaughnessy, Richard Doyle, Sean Linnane, Jamie Holland and Cathal Whelan. Na Piarsaigh were served well by Padraig Quest, Eddie Gunning, Jonathan Woods, Eric O Shea, Dayne Lee and Brian O Callaghan
Na Piarsaigh: S Fitzgerald, E O’Keefe, E Gunning, C O’Shea, J Flynn, W Cronin, B O’Callaghan, E O’Shea (0-1), E O’Leary, D Lee (0-1), J Woods (0-1), D Twohig, C Hanifan, C Connolly, P Quest (1-1).
Turloughmore: S Loftus, E Whelan, K Herwood, D Joyce, D Cullinane, U Hurney, C Shaughnessy (0-1), R Doyle (0-5), J Holland (0-1), Sean Linnane (0-4), C Hurney, P Kearney, C Whelan (0-1), R Duffy, N Shoughnessy. Sub: Brian Callanan for Holland.
Referee: Ger Hoey (Killanena)
After the game the president of Cumann Luthcleas Gael Christy Cooney presented the Christy Ring cup to Turloughmore captain Sean Linnane amongst scenes of wild delerium from the huge Turloughmore attendance in Cusack Park.
Coca Cola Feile na nGael Division 2 Hurling Final
Raharney (Westmeath).................4-10 Bredagh (Down)...............1-3
By Michael O Connor.
It was a double act for Raharney as they won the division two crown matching Castletown Geoghegan who they defeated in the county final. Also factor in the marvellous twins Ciaran and Killian Doyle who dominated the game from start to finish scoring at will for the eventual champions. A blistering start by the midland side left them sitting comfortably on a (1-5) to (0-0) scoreline after only ten minutes action as Raharney threatened to overrun the peninsula side. Twin brothers Ciaran (1-3) and Killian Doyle (0-2) were responsible for their sides entire first half tally. Eventually as the half wore on the quality of the game improved with much intensity as Bredagh began to get the measure of the favourites. Bredagh scored the remaining (1-3) in the last five minutes of the first half with Tiernan Curran (goal), Sean McGourty (2) and Tom Doherty the Bredagh scorers. Raharney were duly warned of the impending challenge of Bredagh and dominated the opening ten minutes of the second half with goals from Cillian Doyle (2) and Eoin Weir sealing a marvellous double for the lake county. Bredagh despite an honest second half display could not hit a single score illustrating how much on top the winners were.
RAHARNEY: D Greville, C Murray, J Carroll, D Conroy, J Coyne, D Giles, C Doyle (1-5), S Quinn, J Cully, T Broderick, E Weir (1-0), K Doyle (2-4), J Goonery, J Duignan, D Biggs. Subs: Darragh Murray (0-1) for C Murray, C Donoghue for Duignan, Dylan Riggs for Cully, W Doyle for Weir, D Finn for Hickey
BREDAGH: R Goldsmith, R Collins, K Power, R Doyle, C Francis, M Patterson, S McGourty, D Devlin, N Smyth, D Hanrahan, C Ferry, T Curran, C Costello, T Doherty, D McConville.
REFEREE: Rory Hickey (Eire-Og).
Coca Cola GAA Feile na nGael Div 3 Hurling Final
Castletown-Geoghegan ( Westmeath)...........5-8 Ruan (Clare)...............1-2
By Michael O Connor.
A powerful start by Westmeath side Castletown-Geoghegan laid the foundations for a comfortable win over a game Ruan side from Clare. A trio of first half goals from Liam Cassidy (2) and Paddy Doody set the winners on the way even though Ruan had half a dozen goal chances that went abegging in a half time scoreline of (3-4) to (0-1) that did scant justice to the efforts of the Clare side. Castletown-Geoghegan continued their dominance in the second half with early scores from Liam Cassidy, Cormac Deegan, the excellent Paddy Doody (goal), Johnny Bermingham and Shane Clavin before Conal O hAinifein scored a goal from a free. A late goal from sub Andrew Corbett sealed the win for the Westmeath outfit as the final whistle brought huge celebrations for the last Westmeath support.
CASTLETOWN-GEOGHEGAN; C Daly, P Doody (2-2), J Fox, M Mealiffe, B Carey, A Kincaid, S Fagan, T Moran, S Clavin (0-2), J Bermingham(0-1), C Glennon, L Cassidy (2-1), C Kane, C Deegan (0-1), B Heeney. Sub: L McNally-Woods for A Corbett (1-0) for Doody, D Glennon for Deegan, S Maher for Mealiffe, B Heeney for Bermingham.
RUAN: C Hillary, N Bluett, M Lyons, R O Donovan, A O Brien, J Courtney, S Hillary, C O hAinifein (1-1), C Rice, T O Connor, B Heagney, M Corry, L O Donovan (0-1), R Fitzpatrick, C Haugh.
Referee: Seanie McMahon
Coca Cola Feile na nGael Division 4 Hurling Final
ST BRECKANS (Clare)............. 1- 7 CRUSHEEN/TUBBER (Clare)............1-5
By Michael O Connor.
History was made in Cusack park when St Breckans from North Clare football country won the Div 4 title after a titantic struggle with Crusheen/Tubber. A tightly fought game that saw just a point between in the only all Clare final at the break (0-3) to (0-2) as Colin Halpin and Ronan Monahan (2) were on target for Crusheen/Tubber as Liam Tierney and Ian Queally responded for Breckans. The excitement increased in the second half as St Breckans came from (0-5) to (0-3) in arrears to go (0-6) (0-5) ahead after 28 minutes. Ian Queally was the star forward for Breckans as Ronan Fahy scored their goal only for Donal McMahon to score a wonderful Crusheen/Tubber goal a minute later to leave the minimum between the sides entering the final minutes. Both sides had chances near the end but it was St Breckans day.
CRUSHEEN/TUBBER: J Monahan, C Mullins, S Culligan, G O Brien, E Quinn, D McMahon (1-0), J Fawl, S O Donoghue, C Waters (0-1), C Halpin (0-1), C Droney, J Taaffe, R Hayes, R Monahan (0-3), J Rosengrave. Subs: Breffni Horner for O Brien,
ST BRECKANS: L Tierney (0-2), M Whyte, M Byrne, L St George, J Howard, K McMahon, P McNamara, P Queally (0-1), A Davidson, M Howard, P Lacey, R Flanagan (0-1), R Fahy (1-0), I Queally (0-3), C Garrihy. Subs: A Sweeney for Davidson.
Referee: Ger Lyons (Ruan).
Coca Cola Feile na nGael Division 5 Hurling Final
Naomh Eoin (Sligo)..............1-4 Ogonnelloe (Clare).....1-2
By Michael O Connor.
For tension, excitement and absolute passion there was all of this and more involved in this magnificent division five encounter in Clarecastle. The scoring may have been low but this hid a huge skill level and commitment. The rate of scoring was poor due to solid defensive displays by both sets of backs resulting in only one point in the entire first half couresty of Ger Kelly to leave Sean O Heslins clear at the break. Ogonnelloe finally got the scoresheet via Cian Bradley Fitzgerald but Ger Kelly responded with a brace of points in a point as the Leitrim boys went two clear. Benjamin Kikkers ironically kicked an Ogonnelloe goal to leave the East Clare side a point clear. James Kiely added an Ogonnelloe point but Sean O Heslins were not to be denied with (1-1) in the final moments from top scorer Joe Kelly-Lynch to seal a well received win
NAOMH EOIN: T Kenny- Lynch, O Kelly, V Corcoran, N Murray, D Connellan, L Henry, J Reilly, SHenry, R Fennell, L Nicholson, P Kilcoyne, G Kelly- Lynch (1-4), B Corrigan, C O Donnell, S Heeney
OGONNELLOE: C Coleman, L Dylan, F Kiely, C Curran, J Orme, C Bradley- Fitzgerald (0-1), M Walsh, E Ryan, B Kikkers (1-0), C Harte, F Collins, J Kiely (0-1), G McMahon, T Burke.
REFEREE: Damian Fox (Wolfe Tones).
Coca Cola Feile Hurling Division 6 Final
SEAN O’ HESLINS (Leitrim).......2-2 OLD CHRISTIANS (Limerick)......0-3
By Michael O Connor.
The famed Sean O Heslins GAA club from Leitrim celebrated a famous hurling win for their county with a deserved five point success over Old Christians who were late entrants into the Feile In perfect conditions Old Christians started the better side of the pair and scores from Kevin Howard and Ciaran Bennis surged them into a two point lead before the impressive Fergal Curran goaled for the Leitrim champions. Sean O Heslins who had a solid display from Luke Murphy led by the minimum at the interval and despite the best efforts of Ciaran Bennis Old Christians could not score the all important goal whilst John McGovern and Sean O Heslins star performer Brian Deering (0-2) sealed a narrow but deserved win.
SEAN O HESLINS: B Leyden, D Feely C Gilheaney, F Curran (1-0), Pearse Dolan, R Maxwell, C O Sullivan, L Murphy, B Deering (0-2), John Joe McGovern, Philip Dolan, C Gaffney, John McGovern (1-0), P Reynolds, P Connaughton.
OLD CHRISTIANS: J Banks, N White, N Mulcahy, D Barry, J Coyne, C Madden, K Howard (0-1), C Bennis (0-2), E O Grady, M Kelly, N Clune, R Gardner, D Crowe, G Hally, E Cregan. Sub: D Blackhall for Gardner
Referee: Tom Stackpoole (Ennistymon).